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Relapse usually occurs due to one or a combination of factors. Below are a few possible signs, symptoms, and factors to be aware of as it relates to relapse prevention:
  • Associating in places and with individuals who use alcohol or drugs
  • Isolating self from others
  • Non-attendance of support group
  • Refusing to ask for help
  • Holding on to resentments and or feelings of anger
  • Lack of structure in daily routine
  • Holding on to alcohol and drug paraphernalia and phone/address book of individuals who use or sell alcohol and drugs
  • Dwelling on the past- lack of self-forgiveness
  • Increased stress
  • Increased feelings of depression, helplessness, or hopelessness
  • Lack of adhering to continuum of care plan recommendations
  • Difficulty or conflict with relationships
  • Avoidance
  • Decline in personal hygiene efforts
  • Increased irritability or frustration with daily regime or others
  • Sudden changes in mental health symptoms
  • Discontinuing medications prescribed by medical provider
  • Non-compliance of attending medical and mental health appointments
  • Obsessing over thoughts of using drugs or drinking
  • Feeling "cocky" or overconfident, no longer needing support or follow through of treatment recommendations.
  • Actions indicating excessive replacement of use with work, relationships, shopping, etc.
  • Irrational reasoning or response when others provide caring insight related to recovery
  • Any significant life change (i.e. Trauma, Grief. Relationship or Job Loss)
  • Difficulty identifying or implementing coping skills when urges to use occur
  • Ignoring relapse warning signs and triggers
Almost everyone recovering from substance use disorder has, at times had thoughts of drinking or using drugs. As you gain confidence in your achievements and success in your recovery and relapse prevention plan you will also reap the benefits a life in sobriety has to offer.

Relapse prevention therapy is one of the most crucial program components offered at Women Drug Treatment in providing effective treatment for substance use disorders. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors assist the woman in identification of warning signs that may lead to relapse (return to use of alcohol or drugs post a period of intentional sobriety) and development of prevention strategies. Each woman is encouraged to review which behaviors, thoughts, and life routines require change supporting a continued plan of recovery. By recognizing relapse as a process rather than an event the woman reviews thought and action taken related to the use, pin pointing possible causes of the relapse.

Although an individual’s relapse is often times viewed in our society as failure, Women Drug Treatment looks at utilizing this information to develop a successful recovery and relapse prevention plan by addressing what worked and what did not work in previous attempts to maintain wellness. Our curriculum focuses not only on the identification of warning signs and symptoms, but also on self-empowerment, expression, and forgiveness. Women begin to explore and identify their personal strengths, achievements, and spiritual connectedness.

Often a woman may have become complacent in her recovery and relapse treatment and returns to use due to isolation, refusal to ask for help, or return to association with others who continue to use substances. At Women Drug Treatment we promote wellness by encouraging action. Recovering from drug or alcohol problems involves finding new ways of taking care of self; setting personal boundaries for self, friends, family, and work.

Women Drug Treatment’s medical professionals also play a huge factor in providing education to the women as it relates to Relapse prevention. The act of discontinuing medications against the advice of medical professionals, engaging in obsessive thought patterns, or returning to unhealthy eating and sleeping patterns can and often do play a role in a woman’s return to substance use. In order to develop sound continuum of care planning to prevent relapse from occurring, Women Drug Treatment implements a multidisciplinary approach with inclusion of individual and group counseling sessions, health education, and psychiatric services .

Celebrating Mind, Body, and Spirit through empowerment and change can prevent relapse.
If you or someone you know is experiencing drug or alcohol problems, please contact Women Drug Treatment Women's Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center today. We do care and we can help.

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